My Old Kentucky Home banjo tabs & chords

  • Scruggs Style


    Some of the lyrics are outdated and inappropriate, but the melody is timeless. It makes for a great instrumental tune. This could be fun in a band or a jam setting. If you're from the Bluegrass state, you have no choice. Learn My Old Kentucky Home today!

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style


    A fun melodic arrangement of My Old Kentucky Home. Use the lick switcher for more variations. State the true melody clearly and with great tone at the end. Let everyone know exactly what tune you are playing!

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Single String Style


    A few challenging phrases. Focus on good tone production. Having the pick surface perpendicular to the string is a good starting point. Sometimes, you can attack the string at a slight angle and you will get a warmer tone. This doesn't sound good on the low D string because of the string windings, but on the unwound strings, you can get some soft and sweet sounds.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Single String Style

My Old Kentucky Home lyrics

Randy Newman

Turpentine, dandelion wine
I just turned the corner and I'm doin' fine
Shootin' at the birds on the telephone line
Pickin' em off with this gun of mine
I got a fire in my belly
And a fire in my head
Goin' higher and higher
Till I'm dead

Sister Sue, she's short and stout
She didn't grow up - she grew out
Mama says she's plain but she's just bein' kind
Papa thinks she's pretty but he's almost blind
And they don't let her out 'cept late at night
But I don't care 'cause I'm all right

Oh, the sun shines bright on
My Old Kentucky Home
And the young folks roll on the floor
Oh, the sun shines bright on
My Old Kentucky Home
Keep them hard times away from my door

Brother Gene, is big and mean
And he don't have much to say
He had a little woman who he whupped each day
But now she's gone away
Got drunk last night
Kicked mama down the stairs
But I'm all right so I don't care